Friday, October 24, 2014

Lifestyle of Learning 2014 Edition: Volume Seventeen

Have you ever had a week in which you felt that everything came together just right?  When barriers were hurdled and positive things were accomplished?  This was one of those weeks for me.
October 12-18
Maceo continues his rehearsals for his first opera performance "Elixir of Love."  The show opens on Friday.  I am very excited!  He also continues his vocal instruction, troupe, and troupe mentorship.  We have signed him up for a masterclass.   His vocal and performance abilities continue to grow by leaps and bounds.

Maceo enjoyed being in the audience of a show this week.  He watched a performance of The Phantom Tollbooth that some of his friends are in.  It's not often that you will find him in the audience but he had a great time showing his support.
Bishop attended youth group and scouts.  He did his board of review at scouts and has now ranked up to Star Scout.  He has been brainstorming ideas in regards to his positions of leadership - historian and den chief.  He has decided to implement one idea immediately.  He has created a bulletin board documenting things that his troop has done.

The guys really enjoyed checking out the photos and reliving their experiences.
Bishop picked up the shoe donation boxes and we must get together with our group, get those shoes organized and donated.
Bishop spent some time in the kitchen this week.  He made up a recipe for skillet apple pie.  He is convinced that the idea is sound but did not like this particular rendition.  I wager he will be working to refine the recipe.

He also tried his hand at making sashimi.

It was really good!
I am always amazed at what this boy will endeavor to do.
Bishop gave Chinese calligraphy a try and found it to be quite absorbing.

History group was covering the chapters of The Story of the World Volume 2 that present China, Japan and Korea.  We brought the Chinese calligraphy for everyone to try and brought a snack from Korea that Herb had sent to the family.

Learning and fun was had by all.
Our nature study groups met at a local park that Bishop and I had not been to in quite some time.  It was a beautiful autumn day and the boys had a great time hiking and climbing and exploring.  We also identified broadleaf and English plantain and discussed ways in which it could be used medicinally.

Bishop wrapped up his week by attending Nathan Boone Homestead Days.  He really enjoyed the rendezvous.  From the traders he purchased a throwing knife and a turtle shell "purse" that attaches to his belt and is just the right size for him to carry his flint and steel (the steel that he crafted at his blacksmithing workshop).

He also enjoyed throwing a tomahawk and listening to the presentation of the buffalo hunter.
It was a magnificent day and revitalized his interest in the mid 1800's and learning similar skills that will promote a sense of self-sufficiency.
Maceo and Bishop also made a bit of progress in the more traditionally academic areas.  Maceo consistently has a book, usually a play, that he is reading, did a bit of mathematics and found an economics book that he believes to be interesting.  Bishop is currently reading Son of Charlemagne, Birth of Britain, The Number Devil, and Microbe Hunters.  He is making progress with biology and mathematics.  We are making incremental progress towards reaching some goals that we have made.
Christian even had a notably invigorating week.
Christian ready for a Halloween party!
He began and ended his week with football.  On Monday he traveled to St. Louis to watch his San Francisco 49ers defeat the St. Louis Rams and on Saturday he played some rousing games of flag football that he had arranged with his his friends.

Academically he completed a couple more courses.  He now has only one class to complete in order to finish his graduation requirement!!!  Also, he took the GRE this week and did quite well.  We are still waiting for his final scores but we do know that he scored well above average on the verbal portion.  I will soon be sending another kiddo off into the world to pursue his calling !!!
I am so proud of him and the rest of my family as we attempt to live well this life that has been granted us!  

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